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Fifty vintage documentary films that show Canadians at work and at play, at war and in peace are featured in the two-day RearView Doc Fest at Cobourg's 60-seat Loft Theatre April 29 and 30.

RearView – a Vintage Film Festival project to help commemorate Canada's 150th. Birthday – is screening the films free in eight two-hour sessions, each with its own theme derived from a phrase in our national anthem.

The committee organizing the docfest reviewed more than 150 vintage short documentaries from the National Film Board, the CBC and McNally & Robinson.

DocFestSubjects covered include an animation based on an Inuit legend, a Sun Dance captured on film for the first time, Churchill's Island (which won the NFB's first Academy Award), a Buster Keaton train ride across the country, and the Klondike Gold Rush.

“We hope the RearView Doc Fest will be an annual event on the Cobourg calendar,” says Ross Pigeau, who heads the organising committee. “Our slogan is 'Topical and Timeless' and there is plenty of material out there to choose from.”

RearView Doc Fest had help from the Loft Theatre and the Town of Cobourg's 150th. Celebration Organising Committee.

For more information, contact : Chris Worsnop at (905) 372-2126; or Cathie Houston at (905) 342-3794; or Michael Hanlon at (905) 372-2597.

50 Short Films celebrating the Canadian experience.  All Free

Seats are on a first-come-first-serve basis so come early for each screening

April 29 & 30, 2017 at the Loft, 201 Division St., Cobourg

See program below.

Click session titles for details.

Saturday April 29, 2017

10:00am – 12:00pm On Guard For Thee (Canada during the War)
1:00pm –   3:00pm Native Land (Canada’s indigenous peoples)
4:00pm –   6:00pm Glowing Hearts (Canadian pride and culture)
7:00pm –   9:00pm Far and Wide (The length and breadth of our nation)

Sunday April 30, 2017

10:00am – 12:00pm Terre de nos aïeux, (French Canada)
1:00pm –   3:00pm Glorious and Free (Struggle for equal rights)
4:00pm –   6:00pm See Thee Rise (Canada’s influence in the world)
7:00pm –   9:00pm O Canada! (Celebrating our unique identity)